It’s True Bijoux, or true by george, that is a large rock on my finger. Earlier in June I finally had a chance to stop in to the cutest jewellery store you can imagine. Ironically I had walked by the storefront many times but had never stopped in. The storefront caught my eye this time and I had to explore. Slightly deceiving from the outside, I was expecting a tiny quaint boutique. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a boutique with a difference and an awesome Estate Jewellery section.
A Labour of Life partnered with True Bijoux to help show you the Store. The opinions and pictures shown here are of course all my own.
True Bijoux and a Story to Tell
The store opened in 2006 as the sister store to Ottawa’s favourite independent high-end jeweller – Howard Fine Jewellers. Owned and operated by Lindsay and Stephanie Appotive, True Bijoux offers a fine shopping experience “IRL” as well as an online store experience.
The store prides itself on the ability to seek out and offer us unique fashion and fine jewelry from Canada, the US, and around the globe. They offer various price points and styles, including vintage and estate jewelry. There is indeed something for everyone here – our curated cache of beauty, fashion, contemporary and vintage jewelry is the ultimate jewellery box for particular women and men.
Estate Jewellery at True Bijoux
I got chatting with True Bijoux owner Lindsay Appotive, and she shared the story of the Vintage Jewellery. Shopping Estate Sales allows her to pick up quaint one of a kind pieces. Fine jewellery that they can offer at fabulous price points. Honestly where else can one find affordable fine pieces that no-one else will have.
Unique, interesting pieces with a fun story, does that not sound like me? I was fascinated and arranged an actual sit down meeting on July 2nd. I want to explore the estate jewellery concept, and maybe find a piece for me. Lindsay walked me through her buying experiences, and I was enthralled. She and Sydney also selected a few unique pieces they thought would speak to me.
What an amazing experience, I was trying on pieces and discussing stories. Some of the pieces come through large sales but some are actual one on one trades. Remember if you go in ask if there is a story, isn’t it fun to give a vintage piece new life?
Estate Sales and Interesting Jewellery
True Bijoux does offer fine jewellery and fashion jewellery if that is your preference but I was drawn to the old. Examining the beautiful pieces that were pre-owned spoke to me. Take this amazing Russian Coin necklace don’t you love imagining who wore it, why they made a coin into a necklace?
or maybe a pre-owned Gucci watch?
and did you see my Instagram post? I was mesmerized by this One of a Kind South Sea Pearl ring with diamonds and rubies. This beauty tells me it has history and it is waiting for a bold lady to snap her up and create a new story. Are you old enough to make a statement? I also may have fallen in life with a stunning Blue Topaz I may have to go back for. ( That was shared in my stories and was a stunner in white gold)
Oh and I may have also examined a few none vintage diamond rings because well Diamonds.
Estate Jewellery at True Bijoux
The fun thing about the Boutique you can shop quickly or browse for hours. Stop in on your lunch hour and examine the recently acquired pieces. Strike up a conversation and tell them what you are looking for. Maybe the Opal you desire is not there today but who knows what tomorrow will bring.
This is a shop that has ever changing finds, tell them what you “desire” and they will keep an eye out. One on one service to partner with one on one pieces.
And good lord I never even mentioned the actual store. Well I mentioned it but I am haven’t shown you yet. How warm and inviting is this. The smooth hardwood floors just guiding you in and through the store. Calming shades of Plum and Olive instilling a sense of tranquility. Inviting you to browse at your convenience.
A cozy corner tucked in the back offers one an opportunity to examine pieces leisurely or engage in discussions. Take a moment to sit down and chat about what appeals to you.
If you stop in and grab something new to you or even new, don;t forget hashtag #truebijoux so I can see what you have found. Or even tag me, I love seeing awesome pieces that others have found. Let’s keep the story going by sharing our love.
Did I mention they also offer restorations to antique pieces, alterations and repairs, plus restringing to all beaded jewelry. Everything is created and serviced in their on-site workshop by professional jewellers.
Thanks Lindsey and Sydney for a most amazing shopping experience and stay tuned. You never know what I will be sharing. I want to share my new to me let’s start a new story piece with you.